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Maleficent (2014)

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A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

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A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. Written by Walt Disney Pictures

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Evil has a beginning. See more »


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Rated PG for sequences of fantasy action and violence, including frightening images | See all certifications »

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30 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Maléfica  »

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$180,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,431,298 (USA) (30 May 2014)

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$241,407,328 (USA) (28 November 2014)
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Imelda Staunton is the first actress portraying a witch (Dolores Umbridge) in the 'Harry Potter' film series to later play a Disney fairy godmother. Helena Bonham Carter who portrayed Bellatirx Lestrange in the 'Harry Potter' films is the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (2015). See more »

Goofs

When Aurora meets a dragon-like creature in The Moors, Maleficent calls her over to sit next to her. The dragon follows Aurora to the tree and then passes behind it. When the camera angle changes, the dragon should be behind Maleficent's head, but it has vanished. See more »

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Narrator: Let us tell an old story anew, and we will see how well you know it. Once upon a time, there were two kingdoms that were the worst of neighbors. So vast was the discord between them that it was said only a great hero or a terrible villain might bring them together. In one kingdom lived folk like you and me, with a vain and greedy king to rule over them. They were forever discontent, and envious of the wealth and beauty of their neighbors, For in the other kingdom, the Moors, lived ...
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Referenced in Pretty Little Liars: Scream for Me (2014) See more »

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Welcome to the Moors
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Composed by James Newton Howard
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15 June 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Went to the theater, expecting to experience the dark side of Angelina Jolie who plays a vengeful fairy with lofty wings and left the theater feeling astonished by how beautifully the movie has changed my perspective towards the antagonist.

The remake of the classic Disney movie, "Sleeping Beauty" timely and soundly pans out by wonderfully depicting both beautiful and gloomy sides of fairy land of Maleficent that feud with selfish humans. The Visual effects and acting are so magnificent that mysterious creatures and the cast look totally in sync. The plot naturally goes along with coherent and succinct narrations that add an in-depth storytelling. Not to mention a good composition that captures significant moments without boredom.

There are a lot more to feel, enjoy, and learn from what I would call, "One of the most underrated movies of the year" based on how the score is given. Not a Disney movie fan? Doesn't like a female protagonist? I don't think it will matter because once you start watching, you will be mesmerized by the imposing world and the ambivalent emotion of Maleficent.


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